I have celebrated the wonders of a product called Strike Hold here in the blog before. It’s a cleaner that removes rust, corrosion, and carbon; it penetrates deep to clean away debris and loosen stuck metal and electrical contacts, and it is an excellent dry lubricant.
The first time we saw this stuff was at an Escapees RV rally, and I was amazed when the vendor sprayed some into a light bulb socket, screwed a bulb into it, turned it on, and dropped the whole thing into an aquarium full of water. And if that weren’t enough, he stuck his hand in the water, too, and didn’t get shocked!
I got some right then and there, and it became one of the most useful things we carried around in our motorhome. I used it to clean the blades of our Winnebago’s 50 amp power cord, I sprayed it into campground electrical receptacles when I wasn’t getting a good connection and it cleared the problem right up. When I had some road crud building up in the pivoting neck of our Blue Ox tow bar, Strike Hold cleaned it right up. My buddy Greg White once sprayed some into the charging port of his wife’s Amazon Kindle e-book reader when it wouldn’t charge. It fixed the problem and she’s been using the Kindle ever since. I don’t think there’s anything this stuff can’t fix!
And now that we are off the road, we have at least two or three containers of it in the garage, our utility room, and other places around the house. It came to the rescue again just yesterday. We have four or five big fans that we use in different parts of the house and in the garage to keep the air moving and to lessen the need for using our air conditioner. They pretty much ran nonstop for months last summer and fall. When it started to cool down, we unplugged them and put them away for the winter. Yesterday when I decided it was time to get them out and put them to use again I discovered that they all had a heavy buildup of gunk. Sort of a mixture of dust, dirt, and moisture that accumulated and really needed cleaned out.
The first two or three were no problem at all. I got out my air compressor and blew most of the crud away, then my buddy Jim and I took the covers off and wiped the blades clean. Good as new!
Well, almost. One of the fans would not work at all. We plugged it in and the blades wouldn’t turn, and when I unplugged it and took the cover off and tried to turn them by hand, they still didn’t want to move very much. Jim said he thought it was probably beyond saving, but I decided that I would see what Strike Hold could do for me. I sprayed some down into the motor and the fan shaft, let it set for a minute or two, then started rotating the fan blades by hand. Within two or three revolutions they were moving easier, so we plugged it in and it was good to go.
Did I mention I really love Strike Hold? If you don’t have some of this stuff around the house or the RV, get it. Trust me, there will come a day when you thank me for the tip.
I’m getting rid of some things we won’t be using now that we are off the road. One of them is the HiBoost cell phone signal booster I reviewed back in April of last year. While it’s not a good choice for a large RV unless you are willing to use it in one area of the rig, it would work well with a Class B or small RV. You can see my review on it at this link. The only time it was used was for the review. The retail price of the system is $349.99. If anybody is interested, I will let it go for $250, shipping included. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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